Mass. Lottery head: No collusion with independent gov candidate on ads echoing campaign themes

By Glen Johnson, AP
Friday, October 8, 2010

Mass. Lottery head: No ad collusion in gov’s race

BOSTON — The head of the Massachusetts Lottery says his staffers did not collude with an independent candidate for governor to run television and radio ads echoing themes from the candidate’s campaign.

Mark Cavanagh said Friday there’s no truth to the charge made by Timothy Cahill’s former campaign manager. Adam Meldrum says he was preparing to present evidence of collusion to the state attorney general when Cahill sued him and three other former campaign aides.

Cahill says he’s suing because they conspired to undermine his candidacy and help Republican Charles Baker.

Cavanagh says the ad is running to promote the lottery before the holiday season. He says the ad had run routinely since 2005 and makes no mention of Cahill, nor does it show him.

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